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How to Clean Between Deck Boards

By: Joe Truini

Maintenance of a wood deck takes more than just power washing, you’ll also need to remove leaves and other debris from between the boards. To do this, screw an “L” hook to the end of a broom handle, then use it to remove debris. Watch this video to find out more.


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    Thomas Boni Says:
    May 12th, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    Hi, MikeChicago,
    Sounds like a good application for Wet and Forget Outdoor!

  • MikeChicago Says:
    April 16th, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    Swollen cedar deck boards have closed the joints between the boards. Deck is under trees/minimal sun so will likely not dry out to shrink the boards. How do I clean the joints? Prefer not to powerwash as just more moisture, nor do I want to pull-up all the decking. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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    January 14th, 2019 at 11:00 am

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  • SYLVIA Says:
    January 12th, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    what a simple great tip. Had a grout removal tool but a worker walked off with it and cant find a replacement so your suggestion is an inexpensive perfect option. Thank you

  • Fred Meile Says:
    May 22nd, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    I have a very simple hand tool to clean grooves of wood decking. No kneeling or bending down required.

  • Jim Socks Says:
    August 19th, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    You could try using a dado saw blade or attach two carbide tip blades to your skill saw (check out a “how to” on doing this) which should give you about 1/4 inch cut. Screw down an 8′ 2″x4″ board for a fence to guide the saw along. Space the fence so that the saw blade is centered over the gap. If its just paint, you might be able to use the video suggestion, but attach a wider “L” screw

  • Ruth Heidorn Says:
    July 19th, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    Our deck is in good condition b/c we stain it almost every summer. Quite a few boards have no spaces between them b/c of layers of paint filling them in. We want the rain & melted snow to to drop under neath the deck. What type of saw or tool could we use to shave back the edges of the deck boards? It is not leaf debris; it’s layers of paint that block the space between the boards.

  • bob orr Says:
    August 30th, 2014 at 10:37 am

    I am redoing a deck with 1 in space between boards and multi layers of paint/stain. removing boards is not an option (unfortunately) and power washing failed to remove the coatings. i need to resort to sanding/ paint removal liquids (I guess). would prefer to sand but am at a loss for “tool”. my dremel would work I guess but 40x 20 just makes me shudder.
    any suggestions
    bob orr
    crofton bc canada

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How to Clean Between Deck Boards